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What did the Academy get right and wrong in this year's Oscar nominations?

Asked by crazyivan (4451 points ) January 28th, 2011

Any snubs or oversights that got under your skin? Any unexpected things they got right? It seems to me that they did a better job than usual getting the right nominees but there are still a few things that got to me (like calling Hailee Steinfeld an actress in a “supporting role”). What do you think?

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marinelife's avatar

Ben Affleck should have been nominated for Best Director and The Town for Best Film.

janbb's avatar

Robert Duvall’s Get Low was a great film and he, as usual, a great actor. I truly hope Social Network doesn’t get best picture; it was fine but not the best.

troubleinharlem's avatar

The Social Network should not have been nominated at all, and that Hailee was nominated as best “supporting” actress. I thought that she was the main character…

muppetish's avatar

Never Let Me Go was completely snubbed. The cast was fantastic, the writing was fascinating, and it was directed quite well. I don’t think it’s the best film of the year, but it would have been nice to see it get some recognition.

I understand that the company wants to campaign Hailee Steinfeld as a supporting actress (because they believe she has a better shot at winning that category) but she was the star of the film. Period. Her performance was fantastic, too.

No Black Swan nod for Costume Design has me scratching my head. Especially since Alice in Wonderland received a nomination.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@muppetish : Oh, okay, that makes sense about Hailee. That’s bizarre about Black Swan, also! I wonder what did get nominated…

heresjohnny's avatar

Right: Most things. The nominations seemed to go with the general consensus of moviegoers

Wrong: Christopher Nolan not nominated for Best Director for Inception, Andrew Garfield not nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Social Network.

absalom's avatar

It’s interesting that no black people have been nominated for anything.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@absalom : I didn’t see a lot of black people in movies this year…

crazyivan's avatar

It’s a sad shame that Hollywood still falls into that 1960 Black Cast/White Cast dichotomy. I don’t blame the Academy as much for not nominating anyone of color, but rather I blame the industry for failing to promote promising black actors/actresses such that all the meaty roles seem to go to the same people over and over again.

And I couldn’t agree more on the Costume Design snub, but it was a loaded category this year. Alice in Wonderland didn’t beloing anywhere near Oscar contention.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

What they got wrong: Not getting Ricky Gervais to host the Oscars.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@Michael_Huntington : Was he really that good? I keep hearing about it, but I missed it.

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